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Informational Mentor Text List (for every 2nd Grade CCSS)

Wanna know what is funny? EVERY grade in our K-5 school is in the middle of an informational text unit RIGHT NOW. Totally by coincidence or teacher think-alike? Not sure. All I know is that our library is cleared out!

Thankfully, I thought ahead! At this time last year I started searching for copies of books that I was certain would be perfect for a mentor text book cart. I stocked up and found about 35 excellent books that are my go-to books for "Everything Informational Reading Related".

I am happy to share my suggestions for awesome texts that go with each Common Core standard. This list is specifically for 2nd grade, but it could also be used with most 1st grade standards as well.

(If you would like to download the list in a neat, easy pdf format, click here.)

Having these books on the ready has saved my butt this year! Here we were today comparing two books presented on the same topic.

I feel like they are learning a ton right now! Now, let me back up and say that we do work with informational texts ALL year long. But this is the time we REALLY delve in! How about you? Do you just mix them in throughout the year or do you have a unit specifically focused like me?



  1. This is absolutely amazing! I would so be your best friend if you would come up with one for first grade... hint hint! I am actually going to use this since I teach gifted first graders, so they will be able to handle the levels. Thank you thank you thank you!

    Faithful in First

    1. I am so glad it is helpful! I have a rough list for 1st grade that I could probably tweak a little bit :)


  2. Brilliance!!!!! Thank you SOOOO much!!!!

  3. Alyssha, this post is so helpful. I am going to add your list to the one my team has been putting together as we teach this year. Thanks so much.

  4. Do you have one for fictional texts too? This is awesome!

  5. Wow! This is so wonderful! I was just talking to a friend of mine saying we needed to do something like this! Fortunately, you've already done it! Can't wait to share it with her!

    Theresa @ True Life I'm a Teacher!

  6. Love your list!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

    EduKate and Inspire

  7. I would love a list for 3rd grade!! Hint Hint! Wink Wink! Love love!

  8. If my children were in your class I would be very upset about the books on your list that claim that Global Warming is caused by man. These are not factual books. You should pick some better ones.

  9. Thank you so much for sharing your hard work! A great resource!

  10. Found your list on pintrest while making my own boards with anchor texts. This is fantastic!

  11. Hello,
    I'm from canada and doing literacy support. I was looking for informational books at the grade 1/2 level to help me teach text features. This looks like it might be a place to start.
    Thank you